The Chronicle claimed in the Jan. 30 editorial, "Arab world gets a pass," that "Arab nations expect us to police their neighbors, then complain bitterly when we do."
The focal point of everything in the Middle East is American involvement. U.S. foreign policy has triggered the most radical elements to act atrociously, and instilled resentment of American presence in the hearts of millions of other people in the area.
How? Take this short quiz:
Which country in the Middle East: Really has nuclear weapons? Refuses to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, and bars international inspections? Seized the sovereign territory of other nations by military force and continues to occupy it in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions? Routinely violates the international borders of another sovereign state with warplanes and artillery and naval gunfire? Has for years sent assassins into other countries to kill its political enemies? Has high-ranking military officers, who admitted publicly that unarmed prisoners of war were executed - and refuses to prosecute them? Blew up an American diplomatic facility in Egypt and attacked a U.S. ship in international waters, killing 33 and wounding 177 American sailors? Is in defiance of 69 U.N. Security Council resolutions and has been protected from 29 more by U.S. vetoes?
Why, this would be Israel, as it enjoys the deep pockets and unbending loyalty of the United States of America. Why should any Arab nation have to behave in certain ways when Israel does not have to?
What is that Bible passage about a "beam" and a "mote"? Why would an Arab, or anyone for that matter, believe anything a U.S. diplomat says given the obvious difference between what America says and what America does?
John Culbert, Williston, S.C.
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